Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Rednecks, Road Kill and Crabbing

Last Sunday my son and I went to one of our favorite crabbing haunts to be greeted shortly after we arrived by two locals rolling up on bicycles loaded down with crabbing gear. They were very pleasant but just as eager to start crabbing. The one guy asked how we were doing and I answered with the standard "it's been better" answer.
Shortly after setting out their hand lines one was retrieved rather early because the bait was floating. I took a glance over and giddily asked... "What is that? A mouse?"

Well... The answer was not half as amusing as to where they got the bait!

In a short reply, "nope... it's a half a squirrel". I had to then ask where they got the bait and was told they picked it up on the side of the road on the way down to the dock.

Needless to say I was in awe of this all and found it quite amusing to boot.
I didn't stay much longer, wished them all a "good luck" and packed up. I then wondered on the way home how they made out...


  1. That is hilarious!! I once had to endure watching a drunk guy piss off the jetty while all of us were crabbing...gross. Over here, people are pretty nice about their bait, when they've finished for the day and the bait is still good (usually fish heads), they (we) will give it to someone who has just arrived.

  2. Just curious what you use regulary for bait ? I am sure if you love to crab you know we use alot of Chicken Necks here in MD. Other popular choices are clam bags, and salted eel.

  3. Chicken is great bait for crabs and we use backs and necks mostly. When the menhaden are in our strategy changes a bit :)

  4. When do the mehaden come in? I will be in Topsail June 4th - 12th